Honeysuckle reminds me of being a kid in my cousin's yard, collecting all the honeysuckle flowers we could find along their fence, and feasting on its sweet nectar.
I was thrilled when I stepped outside into my yard one evening in late spring this year and caught a whiff of the familiar fragrance. To my delight, I discovered a honeysuckle vine growing through my front hedges. Unfortunately, they were gone before I knew it, but luckily, they have recently re-bloomed! I decided to take advantage of the blooms before the summer is over, so I took to the internet to find what to do with them.
I learned that honeysuckle is medicinal and is great for sore throats, so I decided to make a honeysuckle glycerite.
How to Make Honeysuckle Glycerite
Fill a clean glass jar with clean honeysuckle blossoms and unopened buds, leaving about 1/2″ headspace. Pour food-grade vegetable glycerin over the honeysuckle, again leaving the 1/2″ headspace. Give everything a stir and put on a lid. Put the jar in a sunny window and let it infuse for one month. Shake the jar every once in a while to keep the leaves from floating above the glycerin. At the end of the month strain the flowers from the glycerin. Bottle and label the honeysuckle glycerite for storage. To use it for sore throats, take 1 teaspoon up to 3 times a day.
According to MDCreekmore, honeysuckle is a great source of Quercetin, an acid that thwarts free radicals internally, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. The beautiful vine also possesses a vast array of natural antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Honeysuckle medicinal tea and a syrup have been used to help treat pneumonia, staph, tuberculosis, chicken pox, and salmonella, and strep infections. The wild invasive bush also contains salicylic acid – a natural predecessor of aspirin. It's also good for:
Inflammation and Joint Pain
Headaches and Migraines
Nausea, Digestive Disorders, Ulcers, and Stomach Aches
Detoxification from Toxins
Skin Rashes, Insect Bites, and Boils
Immune System Booster
For funsies, I made a honeysuckle syrup, which I've been loving on top of Luna & Larry's Vanilla Coconut Bliss vegan ice cream.
How To Make Honeysuckle Syrup
1 cup of water
Approximately 50 honeysuckle flowers
1 cup of water
Mix together all of the ingredients in a medium pot.
Turn the burner to medium heat and stir constantly while the mixture comes to a boil.
Turn down the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for about four minutes.
Remove the pot from the stove and allow mixture to cool entirely before storing in a Mason jar or other airtight container.
*Please know that I'm not a health professional or certified herbalist and my recommendations should not be taken as medical advice and obviously have not been approved by the FDA. You should consult your doctor and carefully study any herbal remedy before trying these recipes.